Brussels - US President Barack Obama has recently described insulation as 'sexy,' in terms of its win-win capacity of saving money on energy bills for consumers - according to the ISOPA and PU Europe trade associations.
And the two groups -- ISOPA is the European Diisocyanate and Polyol Producers Trade Association while PU Europe is the European voice for the National trade associations from the rigid urethane insulation industry -- say that it is no wonder that the topic of energy efficiency in buildings proved to be so popular for delegates in Copenhagen.
Through ISOPA and PU Europe, the polyurethanes industry, which produces the most efficient insulating materials on the market, participated in the Bright Green Expo in Copenhagen 12 - 13 Dec. The stand attracted over a thousand visitors over the two-day event, which took place in parallel to the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15).
In a statement the groups said that the PU exhibit "highlighted the critical role of insulation in cutting greenhouse gas emissions and demonstrated the environmental and economic performance of polyurethane insulation products for low energy buildings."
It also focussed on other environmental benefits of PU, such as its energy efficient use in refrigerators where current models are 60 percent more efficient than refrigerators were 15 years ago.
"There are still many who don't realise that building insulation offers the largest CO2 savings potential of all energy efficiency improvement measures," said Wolfram Frank, secretary general of ISOPA. "Having talked to so many policymakers over the last two days, we are getting the sense that politicians from around the world are waking up to this and that they are starting to realise that insulation is not only integral to fighting climate change but that it will save people money as well."
For PU Europe, Oliver Loebel, secretary general, commented: "We need to create awareness around presently available solutions that will make a big difference and that can already be introduced now. Insulating buildings to optimal standards is really the low-hanging fruit in the whole fight against climate change and could reduce global CO2 emissions by 20%." (LW)
Graphic: The Cool Chain highlights the benefits of PU insulation in keeping food fresh.